Navan 19 MU Barnhall 24
Balreask Old, Navan. (Half-Time: 12-12)
Navan Senior Men’s 1st team kicked off 2024 in Round Ten of the Energia All-Ireland League against MU Barnhall. The match, held at Balreask Old, Navan, witnessed a fierce battle between the two sides.The visitors, MU Barnhall, asserted their dominance early on, securing the opening try within five minutes. Despite the missed conversion, they took the lead 5-0. Barnhall continued to apply pressure, but Navan fought back, with Jamie Kavanagh scoring a try in the 26th minute. Rory Gordon’s conversion attempt was off target, leaving the score tied at 5-5. Navan surged ahead with a second try by Kyle Dixon, converted by Gordon, making it 12-5. However, Barnhall responded just before halftime, leveling the score at 12-12 with a converted try going into the half-time break.Barnhall regained the lead in the 49th minute, scoring a converted try to make it 19-12. Tensions escalated in the 52nd minute, resulting in both teams playing with 14 players for ten minutes due to yellow cards. Navan equalized once again in the 66th minute, as Jamie Kavanagh secured his second try. Gordon’s conversion attempt hit the right post, tying the game at 19-19. In the closing minutes, Barnhall clinched victory with their fourth try, winning 24-19.Tensions ran high throughout the game, and both sides showed resilience. Navan expressed disappointment but acknowledged the competitiveness of the match.A hard-fought contest resulted in a losing bonus point for Navan. The back-and-forth nature of the game showcased the teams’ determination. Navan now sits in ninth place, preparing for a challenging encounter against UL Bohemians in round eleven of the Energia AIL Division 2B.
Navan Men’s 1st’s XV Squad (Sponsored by Hannon Travel):
1: Ryan Healy, 2: Jamie Kavanagh, 3: Jordan Finney, 4: Conor Hand, 5: Liam McAree, 6: Robbie Lailvaux, 7: Ben McEntagart, 8: Shane Faulkner, 9: Jakob Matthews, 10: Colm O’Reilly, 11: Peter McEntagart, 12: Kyle Dixon. 13: Sean McEntagart (Captain), 14: Paddy Fox, 15: Rory Gordon.Replacements:16: Gary Faulkner, 17: Liam Carroll, 18: Leon Akopian, 19: Mark Farrell, 20: Harry Devlin.
Energia AIL Men’s Division 2A – Round Ten Results (Sat 13th January):
Ballymena 8 Malone 9, Eaton Park, Ballymena.Banbridge 19 Greystones 20, Rifle Park, Banbridge.Navan 19 MU Barnhall 24, Balreask Old, Navan.Nenagh Ormond 13 Cashel 20, New Ormond Park, Nenagh.Old Crescent 34 UL Bohemians 7, Takumi Park, Limerick.
Energia AIL Men’s Division 2A – League Table:
POS TEAM PL W D L PF PA DIFF TB LB PTS
1 Nenagh Ormond 10 9 0 1 288 104 184 4 1 41
2 Cashel 10 8 0 2 248 147 101 3 1 36
3 MU Barnhall 10 5 1 4 297 244 53 6 4 32
4 UL Bohemian 10 5 1 4 180 217 -37 3 1 26
5 Old Crescent 10 5 0 5 196 215 -19 3 2 25
6 Banbridge 10 4 0 6 234 260 -26 5 3 24
7 Greystones 10 4 0 6 195 251 -56 2 2 20
8 Ballymena 10 3 0 7 170 196 -26 1 5 18
9 Navan 10 3 0 7 199 265 -66 2 4 18
10 Malone 10 3 0 7 169 277 -108 3 1 16